April 20, 2017

10 Years Together!

10 years ago on April 1st, I walked into a fraternity house at about midnight or so ready to dance and enjoy a college party. Little did I know that within the next little bit, I would meet my future husband and that we would be together ever since. Looking back on the memories of how Troy and I met makes me so nostalgic.  I shared the whole story of how I met my husband on the blog if you are curious.
First Christmas together- in matching pajamas!
It is so hard to believe that we have been together for 10 years. Today, April 20th, is our official dating anniversary. Ten years ago, that cute frat guy asked me to be his girlfriend and of course, I said yes! Now, we have been married for almost 8 years, have two kids and two dogs. Wow! A lot can change with time. I am so excited to see what the following years bring.

Of course, our relationship is not perfect but by talking out any issues that we may be having, we have been able to maintain a very strong marriage. It is so important to me to talk about everything which helps to keep us connected.

Here are some of the best moments over the last 10 years that I can think of:

-Troy planning the best date ever our first summer together- Tiger's baseball game, dinner at Pizza Papalis (the best deep dish pizza), a trip to an arcade where we did this crazy flipping/jumping thing, beer and hotdogs, drinks at his house, etc. It was the most amazing date that never ended!

Frat party baby!
-Millions of college parties together- I met Troy when I was 17 so I kind of grew up with him and developed as a person while with him.

-Having a "talk" on my parent's dock at the farm after Troy had said that he didn't want to get married (just in our first few months together). During this talk, he admitted that he does want to get married and was scared about marriage because his parents had gotten a divorce. We were serious ever since!

-Getting engaged on the Clinton River boat cruise! I knew that something was up because Troy was acting so, so nervous for two days even though he is the most confident person usually.

-Both of us graduating college- Bachelor's and Master's degrees!

-Getting married of course!

-Getting Ava (our dachshund) though our apartment did not allow pets and we got kicked out!
One of our first Christmas's together!
-Buying a mobile home together- we loved this little house though our work schedules were kind of the opposite so we did not get a ton of time together. We loved going to the beach together which was less than 10 minutes away and we took lots of walks there together discussing what we wanted for the future and more.

-Thousands of date nights at home watching our favorite shows together- one of our very favorite things to do together. We spend almost every single evening together after Adalyn goes to bed.

-Getting Jaxen (our other mini dachshund).
Wedding rehearsal!
-Troy getting his first teaching job after we both looked for 2 years constantly!!!! It was such a blessing. It led him to a couple of crummy jobs which lead him to the best teaching job ever. He teaches at the #3 school in the state, the school that my siblings and I went to and the school our children will go to.

-Having a talk deciding that we were ready to have kids- this happened one night at my sister-in-law's bonfire. It was so crazy and exciting! We were married a little over 4 years at this point.

-Every single Valentine's Day, Troy makes me a fancy dinner at home. It is our tradition that has been going on for 10 years so far. Wouldn't change it for the world. He usually makes something like shrimp scampi, lights candles, lights our fireplace, sets up a nice table, buys roses, etc. I married a romantic and love it!

-Finding out that we were expecting Adalyn!!!!! One of the best days of my entire life and Troy was so, so excited when I told him. He has been so supportive through both of my pregnancies and I don't know what I would do without him- emotionally or physically.

-The day that Adalyn was born- life changing for us both.

-The last 2 1/2 years of parenting together- so many up and downs. Mostly ups. We love being parents and our kids bring us so much joy. We constantly look at each other and laugh and smile because we are so happy being parents.

-Having Troy as a support person through good times and bad. I have had many ups and downs with jobs, relationships, deaths in the family and much more and Troy and I are always there for each other.

-Finding out that we are expecting baby #2! We were planning on starting to try the next month so it was a bit of surprise but in the best way.

-The last 8 months or so have been tough with the loss of two close family members and my dad was in the hospital. Troy went above and beyond every single day for my family and it made me love him even more. <3 p="">

-Troy surprising me by replacing my diamond in my engagement ring with the most gorgeous diamond in the world! I have not mentioned this on the blog before but about 2 months ago, Troy told me that he was getting my rings cleaned and gave me the biggest surprise of my life with a beautiful diamond. I love it so much!

I am writing this at 37 weeks pregnant so I am sure that I missed a million things because of pregnancy brain but these are some of the highlights of the last 10 years. Oh, and of course I am super emotional writing all of these- you know, because of hormones.

Troy, I love you so much and cannot wait to see what the next 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years bring.

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